NASA has put out a few absolutely stunning iPhone and iPad applications, but unfortunately for us not living under Apple’s thumb, the majority of them haven’t been ported over to Android. While that situation is still a long way from changing, the recently released “Earth Now” for Android shows that keeping the two mobile operating systems in closer parity seems to be an increasingly important goal for NASA.
With “Earth Now”, users are able to see near real-time global climate data anywhere in the world. By overlaying data from NASA’s impressive fleet of science spacecraft in orbit around the Earth over a detailed 3D globe, information about any point on the planet is just a swipe or a pinch away.
Earth Now displays data on many of the key vital signs of our planet that NASA satellites track. Whether your interest is current surface air temperatures over Australia, carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide levels over Canada, ozone over Oman, water vapor over Wales, gravity anomalies in Greenland or sea level height anomalies at St. Petersburg, Earth Now brings a world of ever-changing climate data to your fingertips.
NASA Press Release
“Earth Now” was originally released in April for iOS, which still puts Android a solid 6 months behind in terms of release schedule, but it’s an improvement over the half a dozen other NASA apps which haven’t been ported to Android even years after their release.
The release of “Earth Now” within a reasonable amount of time from it’s iOS debut, along with the simultaneous iOS and Android release of “ISS Live” earlier in the year, show something of a change in the wind. While iOS is still getting priority, it’s clear to mobile application developers that Android simply cannot be ignored.